Disillusioned by woke footballers
As a Carlton and AFL supporter for almost 80 years I am now disillusioned with modern day football.
It has been ruined by political correctness which the woke administration have been allowed to dictate to the clubs and players. Can you imagine what would have happened to any player who did not "kneel". They would have been ostracised. What has happened to free thinking and speech?
I now refuse to watch AFL. Bring back the game and rules of the 50s, 60s and 70s when it was a genuine Aussie Rules. This game has diminished into a disorganised rabble and who is to blame? The overpaid hierarchy of the AFL.
Continual rule changes which the average "punter" finds difficult to follow, every second week is dedicated to some political motivated cause, and criticism is not permitted by coaches or players or they are fined for bringing the game into disrepute. We would all be better watching replays from a bygone time.
We now see a game full of flooding, dubious handballs, stacks on the mill, backward kicking and umpiring decisions no one understands. I am now so despondent I watch gardening shows Instead.
Neville Maddison, North Albury
Tirade reveals 'offensive' attitude
The offensive language by various politicians has been highlighted in the media over the past week. Unfortunately this level of profanity is not limited to those in politics, but stretches to those who have been in senior positions in our bureaucracy.
Last week a Twitter exchange between the former Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder David Papps and Southern Riverina Irrigators, which represents 1800 food producers in southern NSW, became public.
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To say I was disgusted and offended by the profanities on Mr Papps' Twitter feed is a gross understatement. My fellow SRI executive members have spent hundreds of hours reading reports, answering submissions and trying to work with our bureaucracy to find workable solutions to failing water management.
So how do you think we feel when we get called "morons", "idiots", "you don't have a clue", "is English your second language?", "you are so dumb it is breathtaking", "did you finish primary school" and more obscene language that cannot be published? Since when is that acceptable?
However, the bigger issue is that this tirade is a reflection of how the bureaucracy in Australia views local communities and farm advocacy groups who are trying to protect their members and livelihoods. These bureaucrats and those who hang off their coat-tails are so fixated with protecting their massive taxpayer funding that they do not care if lives and communities are sacrificed.
Nothing less than a royal commission into water management, in particular the failed Murray-Darling Basin Plan which is destroying lives and communities, will expose our bureaucracy for what it has become.